A high school outside Seattle canceled plans for students to dress in red, white, and blue at a Friday night football game because administrators feared the colors would be perceived as racially insensitive.
Predominantly white Eastlake High played predominantly black Rainier Beach on Friday, one day before the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Students at Eastlake planned to decorate themselves in patriotic colors to honor first responders and the Americans killed on that day.
According to emails obtained by a local radio host, the principal at Eastlake told concerned parents the school nixed the plans because the colors could "unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently."
Eastlake is 62% white, 22% Asian, 8% Hispanic, and 1% black. Rainier Beach is 60% black, 24% Asian, 9% Hispanic, and 5% white.